Friday, June 19, 2015

Upcoming Books By Jolie

Time for another Celebrate The Small Things weekly blog fest that happens every Friday.  On this day, participates write about what they are grateful about for the week.

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1. I have a lot of upcoming books for the rest of this year.  My novel The Layneworth Monsters will be published on July 13.  August will be the start of my vampire paranormal romance serial.  In September, I begin my Mystifying Mate paranormal romance series, and later in the year I'll publish my shifter paranormal romance series.  

2. My birthday was this past June 17.  I'm older, but I'm wiser too.

3. I'm grateful to have spent a week at my cottage in Canada.  (Well be returning again at the end of July.)  We bought a new sofa, stove, refrigerator and bed for the cottage, as well.  So I'm grateful for those too.  It's a pain-in-the-butt process to order furniture in the U.S and then have it delivered (by boat) to our cottage in Canada, but we survived.  

I love my new sofa!

4. More and more authors have signed up for the paranormal romance blog hop that I'm sponsoring on July 14.  If you have an excerpt from a paranormal romance book of yours that you'd like to share, join this fun blog hop!

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Summer of Zombie is Doing Well!

Time for another Celebrate The Small Things weekly blog fest that happens every Friday.  On this day, participates write about what they are grateful about for the week.

I'm one of the 12 authors in the Summer of Zombie box set.  I'm happy to see that the book has consistently stayed below the 10,000 rank at the Amazon Kindle Store since its release.  Currently, it's at #4,208 Paid in Kindle Store.

If you love zombie stories, grab this box set of 12 books for only $1.99 USD.  The book is only available for the summer - a limited time!

Summer of Zombie

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Cheap Ebooks for Kindle: Summer Of Zombie: 12 Ebook Box Set


When it comes to cheap eBooks for Kindle, you've just been treated to the best deal on the planet!  Summer of Zombie is a set of 12 eBooks by 12 zombie authors, and the entire collection is only $1.99 USD.  But here's the catch - it's only available for a limited time.  So get it NOW and fill your summer with 818,631 words and 356 chapters!   Summer Of Zombie: 12 Ebook Box Set

A Shrouded World: Whistlers
Mark Tufo & John O’Brien
When two worlds collide…
Jack Walker and Michael Talbot come from two worlds; the same, yet different. They both find themselves transported into an alien one, where things aren’t as they seem.

Bob The Spy 
Jaime Johnesee
Bob is back, join him and his pal Face as they do their bumbling best to try and stop a plot to overthrow the world’s governments.

Loose Ends 
Jay Wilburn
Loose Ends is the story of three cooks and a mute boy (the narrator) who are the only survivors of a raider attack after the zombie apocalypse. They proceed to look for a new home, but in the process uncover the darkness in each other’s pasts.

Undead Drive-Thru 
Rebecca Besser
When Kyndra, Colleen, and Jose apply for jobs at a diner that has seen better days and is undergoing renovations, they have no idea what they’re in for.  Aunt-B and John have a horrible secret, and when it’s unleashed on the unsuspecting employees of the diner, things get . . . complicated.

Trudge: Surviving the Apocalypse 
Shawn Chesser
For Cade Grayson, husband, father, and former Delta Force operator, that one warm sunny Saturday in July—later to be labeled Z-Day by some anonymous person probably long dead—began like all the others before, and none since.

T-Minus Zero 
Jack Wallen
“Lights! Camera! Zombies!
In this prequel to the I Zombie series, the Zero Day Collective hires an award-winning director and Hollywood film crew to document the first-ever release of the Mengele Virus. Death is ready for its close up… are you?”

Humanity’s Hope: Camp H 
Greg P. Ferrell
Mankind has always worried about the end of its days and that time has come in the form of a Zombie plague. A group of friends have banded together to create a safe haven they call Camp H, for hope. They are unaware of approaching danger on two horizons that will take them to their limits to survive. One among them may hold the key to humanity’s salvation.

Benton: A Zombie Novel, Vol. 1 
Jolie du Pre
The First Zombie Book of Jennifer Benton’s Adventures
Zombies have killed everyone in the Benton household–all except twenty-something Jennifer. She’s escaped her bedroom, but what now? Waterbank, Illinois is overrun. Where can she go?

The Orphans: Origins 
Mike Evans
When one man pushes science past it’s breaking point, an unimaginable hell is unleashed on society. The Orphans: Origins Vol I is a zompoc tale like no other before it. Biochemist Frank Fox lost his wife to cancer eight years ago. He’d been recruited by the military to work on a classified mission for a cure that could save tens of thousands soldiers.

Dead Hunger II
Eric A. Shelman
As Flex, his niece Trina, Gem, Hemp and Charlie brave the wild world teeming with the walking dead, they make up the rules as they go along.

Dying Days: Origins 
Armand Rosamilia
The prequel tale to Tosha Shorb, featured in Dying Days 2 zombie novella as well as short stories set in the Dying Days world.
Includes two bonus stories

Odium: The Dead Saga 
Claire C. Riley
It’s better to die by the gun than die by the dead.
Nina’s life was irrevocably changed when humanity’s dead began to rise.
Now, she lives behind the walls.
Nina finds out that the deaders aren’t the only thing to fear beyond the wall.
And that fear will not be ignored, or Forgotten.

Friday, May 29, 2015

What's Your Favorite Summer Vacation Spot?

What's your favorite summer vacation spot?  I have one.

When my husband was born, he came into the world with an advantage. Many of his relatives, including his parents, owned Georgian Bay cottage real estate. As a boy growing up in Chicago, he would spend his summers in Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada, swimming and fishing in the beautiful water.

In 1979, he met me, and that same year I was introduced to Georgian Bay cottages. In 1987, we married and spent our honeymoon there. After our children had been born, life at the Bay became a part of their lives as well.

That's our yellow cottage at the Bay!
The Georgian Bay, part of Lake Huron, has thousands of islands that we access by way of Honey Harbour. A vacation at our cottage, during the summer months, means we enjoy lots of sunshine, over 100 species of birds and lots of other wildlife including snakes and other reptiles, bears, muskrats, beavers, raccoons, deer, plenty of fish and interesting insects.

The air is clean, and it's peaceful and quiet. Only people who own Georgian Bay islands near heavy boating traffic will deal with noise.

At night, it seems we can see every star in the sky. We're often treated to falling stars and the Northern Lights while we're there.

Although there's a 12-hour drive to get to our cottage from Chicago, we don't mind. We appreciate being able to get away from lots of people and pollution and get back to basics.

Beautiful sunset!
Georgian Bay cottages that are not on the mainland are on ancient rocks that are billions of years old. These rocks are islands that you can only get to by boat. From the mainland of Honey Harbour to our cottage on our island, it takes us about 40 minutes with our boat.

My husband and I are headed back to our cottage soon, and we can't wait!

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My Favorite Summer Vacation Spot Blog Hop is sponsored by Summer Reads that Thrill & Chill!

Enjoy Book Giveaways from me and five other Co-Hosts!

Lexa Cain:

Melanie Karsak:

T.F. Walsh:

Vanessa Morgan:

Stuart R. West:

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As one of the Co-Hosts of this blog hop, I'm giving away a signed print copy of Benton: A Zombie Novel, Volume One!

Zombies have killed everyone in the Benton household--all except twenty-something Jennifer. She's escaped her bedroom, but what now? Waterbank, Illinois is overrun. Where can she go?

A chance encounter with seven other young survivors points her toward Texas. A charismatic, handsome young man named Mark says he can lead them all to his family's ranch. He's sure they'll be safe there. Jennifer wants to trust him, with her life and possibly her heart.

There's no place else to go, there's no way to escape the zombies but through, and there's no telling if Jennifer and Mark will live long enough to act on the emotion building between them.

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If you enjoy Volume One, these come next!

Benton: A Zombie Novel Volume Two

Benton: A Zombie Novel Volume Three (EBook only. Print and Audio coming soon.)

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Give Us Your Best Excerpt! Paranormal Romance Blog Hop

Time for another Celebrate The Small Things weekly blog fest that happens every Friday.  On this day, participates write about what they are grateful about for the week.

I'm hosting a new blog fest that I'm very excited about. Give Us Your Best Excerpt! Paranormal Romance Blog Hop is happening on July 14, 2015.

Authors will post their favorite excerpts from either a paranormal book that they've published, OR, a work-in-progress.  The hop is an excellent way to promote a book or to drum up interest in a work-in-progress.  Sign-up for the hop at the Give Us Your Best Excerpt page.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things: The Layneworth Monsters

Time for another Celebrate The Small Things weekly blog fest that happens every Friday.  On this day, participates write about what they are grateful about for the week.

I'm celebrating that my first novel, The Layneworth Monsters, is up for preorder!  The novel will be published on Monday, July 13, 2015.

Litria, a novella published a while ago, and Conan, a novella never published, have now been rewritten and combined into a NOVEL. The Layneworth Monsters is a paranormal romance containing both F/F and M/F scenes.

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There's a vicious serial killer in town that's keeping the detectives of Layneworth and the entire city up at night. Some think it's a ruthless human, while others could swear werewolves are behind the havoc.

The Buscettos are far from human. Though they appear like the typical, charming family to the outside world—they're a sex and bloodthirsty monster race that has stealthily roamed the planet since the fifth century. Known as Zxxtergins, they often leave their victims mutilated and nude in their pursuit of carnal desire.

Detective Brenda Martin and her partner, Robert Moretti are determined to crack the case, but at what cost? Vaccinations are said to keep the Zxxtergins at bay. When Brenda forgets to keep up with her vaccinations, does she too become a victim? Amongst all of the cross-species love and uncontrollable lust, loss of life both monster and human, is Layneworth, let alone the world, safe from the Zxxtergin race?

Preorder The Layneworth Monsters at Amazon.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Paranormal Romance Novels: The Layneworth Monsters

Now that I'm at the end, or almost near the end, of my zombie series, my focus is on my paranormal romance novel due out in July. (Not sure if I'm writing a book four for my zombie series, even though some of my readers want it. I am trying to figure out an outline.  If I can come up with a suitable outline, I'll write a book four, but it will be my LAST book in the series.  For sure.)

Anyway, getting back to the novel . . . Litria, a novella that I published a couple of years ago, and Conan, a novella that was never published, have now been rewritten and combined into my first NOVEL. The Layneworth Monsters - paranormal romance/FF/MF - will be published in July, and it will go up for preorder within two weeks.  The monsters living in the fictional Layneworth are Zxxtergins.

Litria was with a publisher and Conan was also tied up with the publisher.  When they finally released these two works back to me, it was one happy day.  Now I can release the books the way I want, at the price I want, as an indie author.

After all, one of the joys of being an indie author is that you have control over your books.  You have no control over whether your books will sell or not sell.  However, you can make the necessary moves to place your work in the best position possible.

(The cover, featuring Conan and Sharon, was created by my awesome cover artist Kelly Walker of Indie-Spired Design. I love Conan's green eyes.)

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things: Benton: A Zombie Novel, Vol. 3

Time for another Celebrate The Small Things weekly blog fest that happens every Friday.  On this day, participates write about what they are grateful about for the week.

My third zombie book Benton: A Zombie Novel, Vol. 3 had its official launch on Monday, May 4.  I'm very pleased with how it did this week.  (In fact, I'm so pleased that I'm working on a 4th book. ) It's settled on a comfortable ranking.  (So far today it was borrowed five times and it sold once. )

Whether a person buys the book or borrows the book, as an author I get paid.  If I move 5 to 10 copies of the book a day, I'm fine with that.  That's not a big number for a best-selling indie author, but for someone like me who is just getting started on the indie route after leaving publishers, it's fine for me.

Buy Benton: A Zombie Novel, Vol. 3 for 99 cents or borrow it with Kindle Unlimited or the Kindle Owners Lending Library.

If you need to catch up on the series:

Benton: A Zombie Novel, Vol. 1  (FREE!)

Benton: A Zombie Novel, Vol. 2 (99 cents OR borrow it!)

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Blog Hop: What's Your Favorite Summer Vacation Spot?

Is your favorite summer vacation spot a sunny beach, a bright city, or a secluded cabin? A romantic getaway or maybe a place you loved as a child?  We want to see it and know why it's your favorite!

To join in this fun Summer Hop:

1) Sign up on the Linky list below.

2) On Saturday May 30, put up a post "My Favorite Vacation Spot" and tell everyone about it!

3) Link to the 6 Blog Hop Co-hosts:

Lexa Cain:

Melanie Karsak:

T.F. Walsh:

Vanessa Morgan:

Jolie Du Pre:

Stuart R. West:

4) On May 30-31, visit the other blogs and see where their favorite getaways are!

Special Giveaways - Summer Reads that Thrill & Chill!

There will be a giveaway featuring 6 exciting novels on the Co-hosts blogs!

Midway: The Harvesting Series Book 1.5 by bestselling author Melanie Karsak

Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, for the beginning of the end. Join Cricket in this unique zombie apocalypse series. It's all fun and games until someone ends up undead!

Cloaked in Fur by author T.F. Walsh

Cloaked in Fur sees rebellious Daciana cast into a life-threatening adventure against her will to uncover who is killing her friends before the predator sets its sights on her.

Drowned Sorrow by author Vanessa Morgan

If Jaws kept you away from the ocean, Drowned Sorrow will keep you away from any water. Discover this chilling story of a remote village where water has become a supernatural element that can think, move, and kill.

Benton (Vol. 1) by author Jolie Du Pre

There's no place to go, no way to escape the zombies until Jennifer meets a young man who says he can lead her to safety at his family's ranch. The catch is that Jennifer has to trust him with her life - and maybe even her heart.

Zombie Rapture by author Stuart R. West

Someone failed to tell the dead they're not in Heaven. Hunter intends to right that wrong.

Soul Cutter by author Lexa Cain

A teenage skeptic goes to Egypt and discovers the supernatural she scorns is all too real. The legendary Soul Cutter is hunting again.

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